South Carolina -
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has disliked Darlington Raceway since his 2000 rookie season debut.
A good car quickly went bad, Earnhardt crashed, then worried he'd never make a career as a driver if he couldn't handle NASCAR's oldest superspeedway.
"He's like all but ready to quit, it's that bad, it's like 'There's no way I can race here a million times,"' crew chief Lance McGrew said Earnhardt told him Friday about that 40th-place debut.
When the problem was eventually traced to the car, not the driver, Earnhardt's spirits lifted.
"He was all excited. Here he is ready to quit, go get a desk job at a dealership," McGrew said.